MySpace to hold presidential primary

MySpace will hold its own presidential primary January 1 and 2, 2008, before any of the official state primaries, according to TechCrunch. The move is a big marketing event for the social-networking site with more registered members - well over 100 million - than Mexico's population. If MySpace were a country, it would be the 11th largest. Those huge numbers will assuredly make candidates take the dry-run seriously. Most candidates already have MySpace pages, including Hillary Clinton (7,468 friends), John Edwards (16,921 friends), John McCain (3,596 friends) and Barack Obama (89,465 friends). However, TechCrunch's Michael Arrington says Facebook would make a more interesting fake election than MySpace. "Facebook’s user accounts are each tied to an email address or cell phone, resulting in far fewer fake or duplicate accounts. Given the low quality of the MySpace user base (multiple accounts, no identity check, etc.) it would be relatively easy for a campaign to create a significant number of fake accounts to stuff the ballot box in their favor," he writes. Source: Marketing VOX

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